Football

Paraguayan player's Indonesian tragedy

Published 10:49 AM ET, Thu December 6, 2012
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Diego Mendieta's former teammates carry his coffin at the Paraguayan footballer's funeral in Solo, Indonesia. AFP/Getty Images
He passed away at the age of 32, dying in hospital after contracting an infection. Mendieta was unable to return home to his wife and children because he was owed four months' wages. AFP/Getty Images
Mendieta is mourned by wife Valeriana Alvarez and their children Bele (left) and Gaston. AFP/Getty Images
Mendieta's plight has highlighted the schism in Indonesian football, where two organizations are fighting for control of the game following the creation of a breakaway league. The players' union says 13 clubs are behind in promised salary payments. AFP/Getty Images
Mendieta (left) celebrates with Persis Solo teammates Romuald Noah and Yanuar Ruspuspito after scoring in a match against Persip Pekalongan. AFP/Getty Images